RHINELANDER - Two days after police started investigating a certified nursing assistant on allegations he sexually assaulted a patient, a second patient came forward saying the same CNA assaulted them too.
Prosecutors charged Jacob Schlosser, 18, with a third count of second-degree sexual assault in Oneida County Court on Monday.
According to the amended criminal complaint, a 94-year-old resident at Avanti Health and Rehabilitation in Minocqua told a nursing supervisor on March 22 that Schlosser sexually assaulted the victim during a bath one week prior.
The victim told a detective Schlosser did not use a washcloth while bathing their genitals, then proceeded to fondle the victim.
The victim did not immediately report the assault because they felt embarrassed and uncomfortable, according to police. Avanti records show March 15, the day of the alleged assault, was Schlosser's first day bathing patients without supervision.
According to the Minocqua Police Department report, Avanti administration held a meeting with residents after Schlosser was first arrested, encouraging people to report any other assaults. Staff did not share specific details about the defendant or victim with residents at that time.
Schlosser, who just received his CNA license on March 4, was first charged with two counts of second-degree sexual assault on March 21.
In the initial case, police believe Schlosser sexually assaulted an 80-year-old victim who has dementia during a bath.
A witness reported that assault to police after she said Schlosser told her about it. In MPD's report, Schlosser told the witness he did not think the victim would remember the assault due to the Alzheimer's. A follow up interview between police and the 80-year-old victim revealed they could not state what year it is, who the president is, or where they live.
The 94-year-old victim told police they felt badly for not reporting the March 15 assault sooner because the other assault might not have otherwise happened. The victim added both male and female CNA at Avanti had generally treated them with respect prior to Schlosser.
Police interviewed two of Schlosser's trainers who said they taught the defendant to always use a washcloth while bathing patients. They added Schlosser would not have passed his certification test had he not used a washcloth.
Avanti's Assitant Director of Nursing Jessica Pultz told police she had never received a similar complaint in her eight years with the facility until the accusations against Schlosser.
Schlosser had initially been free on a $5,000 signature bond, but Judge Patrick O'Melia set a $2,000 cash bond on Monday after the new charge was filed.
Schlosser now faces up to 120 years in prison if convicted. He is due back in court March 29.
MERRILL - A church in Merrill went without an associate Pastor for almost three years. Finally, the void has been filled.
Adam Rodriguez wanted to be a pastor for a while.
"I realized quite quickly that there was a shortage of pastors because when you don't have a pastor, you need to rely on the pastors in the area," said Trinity Lutheran Church Associate Pastor Adam Rodriguez.
Now, he's at the next stop in his lifelong journey at Trinity Lutheran Church in Merrill.
"Being placed in the pastor office was humbling," said Rodriguez.
MERRILL - The Lincoln County fair brings about 35,000 people to the Merrill Festival Grounds.
Organizers say one of the main reasons those people come is to interact with animals.
Families gathered in the barn for a chance to see cows, pigs, horses, and other farm animals up close.
People learned about all the work it takes to keep these animals healthy.
Local farmers said they were happy to share their way of life with others.
"When people come into the barn they're like 'hey look at all these cute animals.' They don't get to see them as much as we do. We get to see them every day on the farm," said Brenna Allen, a farmer who showed her cow.
MADISON - Gov. Tony Evers today signed Executive Order #38 to address the issue of clean energy in Wisconsin. The governor was joined by Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, Public Service Commission Chairperson Becky Cameron Valcq and Department of Natural Resources Secretary-designee Preston Cole.The governor was joined by Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, Public Service Commission Chairperson Becky Cameron Valcq and Department of Natural Resources Secretary-designee Preston Cole.
Executive Order #38 orders the Department of Administration to create the Office of Sustainability and Clean Energy and in partnership with other state agencies and state utilities, achieve a goal of ensuring all electricity consumed within the state of Wisconsin is 100% carbon-free by 2050.
The Office of Sustainability and Clean Energy will be charged to promote the development and use of clean and renewable energy across the state, advance innovative sustainability solutions that improve the state's economy and environment, and diversify the resources used to meet the state's energy needs.
"Today, our administration is taking a step that promises an opportunity to create cleaner and safer jobs, to stimulate the economy, to once again have an abundant and prosperous agriculture industry, and the opportunity to restore and enjoy the beautiful natural resources our state has to offer," said Lt. Gov. Barnes.
MADISON - Gov. Tony Evers this week met local officials and public works staff in Wausau and Green Bay to highlight the important role that a quality transportation system plays in public safety, Wisconsin's economy and quality of life.
"The recently approved state budget contains the highest level of transportaThe 2019â€"2021 state budget invests in all transportation modes including state and local roadways, coupled with the lowest level of borrowing in 20 years. Key provisions include:
An additional $320 million in State Highway Rehabilitation funding to improve existing highways and bridges across the state A 10% increase ($66 million over the biennium) in General Transportation Aids. This funding helps offset the costs of transportation-related expenses in Wisconsin's counties, cities, villages, and townsâ€Żtion investments in more than a generation," Gov. Evers said. "With support from the legislature and the collective voices of people across Wisconsin, we've finally made significant progress in the one area that truly connects us all â€" our comprehensive transportation network."
Disclaimer: All information deemed reliable but not guaranteed and should be independently verified. Rockfleet Broadcasting / Northland Television, Inc. and By Request Web Designs shall not be held responsible for any typographical errors, misinformation, or misprints.